Mathews softball punches ticket to state semifinals

by Kaitlin Eriksen - Posted on Jun 08, 2011 - 05:22 PM

Photo: The Mathews High School varsity softball team poses for a picture after beating Appomattox Tuesday night, 3-0. Team members are, front row from left, Virginia Scatchard, Kaitlin Eriksen, Sydney Morgan, Amanda Greene; second row, Sarah Burnette, Lindsey Crigler, Lindsey Collins, Sydney James, Taylor Denton, Sammi Rutter; back row, assistant coach Nelson Morris, Sharese Jarvis, Kayla Robins, assistant coach KK Hudgins and Amber Burruss. Not pictured, head coach Robert Thomas and assistant Ricky Hudgins. Photo by Charlie Koenig.

The Mathews High School varsity softball team poses for a picture after beating Appomattox Tuesday night, 3-0. Team members are, front row from left, Virginia Scatchard, Kaitlin Eriksen, Sydney Morgan, Amanda Greene; second row, Sarah Burnette, Lindsey Crigler, Lindsey Collins, Sydney James, Taylor Denton, Sammi Rutter; back row, assistant coach Nelson Morris, Sharese Jarvis, Kayla Robins, assistant coach KK Hudgins and Amber Burruss. Not pictured, head coach Robert Thomas and assistant Ricky Hudgins. Photo by Charlie Koenig.

Photo: Crigler scores in the sixth inning of the state quarterfinal game. Photo by Charlie Koenig.

Crigler scores in the sixth inning of the state quarterfinal game. Photo by Charlie Koenig.

Mathews punched its ticket to the VHSL Group A, Division 2 state semifinals in Radford by defeating Appomattox, 3-0, in a quarterfinal game on Tuesday.

The MHS softball team earned the right to host the state quarterfinal by successfully defending its Region A title last Friday night, beating Nandua by a final score of 3-0. Last Wednesday, the Lady Devils defeated Essex, 7-1, in the regional semifinal game.

In Tuesday’s state tournament game, Lindsay Crigler started on the mound against the visiting Appomattox Raiders. She pitched a strong game, giving up only two hits and a walk. However, in the top of the fifth, Crigler ran into a little bit of trouble, with runners on second and third with only one out.

However, Lindsay Collins took over from there to shut down the Raider offense to pick up the win, allowing no hits and no walks in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

Collins helped her own cause in the bottom of the fifth inning with a lead-off double. Sydney Morgan followed with a base hit, advancing pinch-runner Sydney James to third base. On the play, the Appomattox left-fielder threw wild to third, allowing James to score.